Positive And Negative Effects Of The Renaissance

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Austin Groshens
HIST 103- Western Civilization 1
Section Three: Essay

While the renaissance period of history is long over, it dramatically impacted the modern world. Some of the great discoveries in science, developments in the arts, architecture, and humanism took place during this period of history. The results had major impacts on politics at that time as well into the future. The renaissance left both positive and negative influences on the world as we know it. The renaissance is defined as the “rebirth” of civilization in Europe from the 14th to 17th centuries (General Characteristics of the Renaissance). A renewed interest of classical world spread from its beginning in Italy, north to Germany and
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World expansion began with Christopher Columbus and Ferdinand Magellan journeys to discover new trade routes and ended up forever changing the shape of the world (Guisepi). All of these amazing discoveries were not without incidences and consequences. During the renaissance, the philosophy of Humanism wanted people to question authority and to examine the world around them. Along with this came a change from the passive life to being active in the world around them (General Characteristics of the Renaissance). People were to take part in every aspect of life, publicly, religiously and politically. With the down fall of feudalism, city states and monarchies came to power. With each came a language and a culture of their own, loyalty to Rome and the pope became secondary. This was the founding of the countries of Europe (Guisepi). Martin Luther disagreed with the belief held by the Catholic Church that only through the church could one be saved. By challenging the Catholic Church, Luther started a chain reaction that saw the split from the church and the formation of the Protestant reformation (General Characteristics of the Renaissance). The church battled for power and by attacking the very nonconformist that Humanism had fostered. Galileo and Luther were both branded as heretics (Staff). This resulted in a division between secular and spiritual
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